Release | Serum - Black Metal EP | Horizons Music

Ten years Serum has spent in the studio. And it’s a decade which has seen him release cut after cut of no holds barred, slicing beats, the type which find themselves at home within any of the scene’s heavier drum and bass sets. As a result, he’s become a renowned figurehead within his field, a prolific new breed of producer who puts the underground first. He came from relative obscurity before detonating his old-school jungle flavours and contemporary jump-up, demonstrating a widespread appeal from the smaller clubs to festival stages throughout the UK and beyond.

As well as featuring in the back catalogues of revered imprints Dread Recordings, Creative Source, Digital Soundboy and V Recordings, his fresh delivery this time comes on Horizons Music. Horizons Music are also key players within the world of drum & bass, time and time again demonstrating an ability to tap into a huge range of subgenres, with their growing roster reflecting that fact. Serum’s ‘Black Metal’ EP channels the same versatility, with three upfront dancefloor anthems which have already received spins across the dance music live circuit.

On first listen, it’s no surprise that Serum has received support from the likes of Andy C, Friction, Bryan G, Fabio, Shy FX, Dillinja, Ray Keith, DJ Marky and many more crucial tastemakers. With records like title-track ‘Black Metal’ doing damage, alongside its clinking metallic hi-hats and winding bassline, Serum’s sound was certainly created for the clubs. Punchy drums and crackling bass helps to underpin his signature, a staple production style which has made him notorious. Then comes ‘Ramparts’, crashing forward on clattering breaks and an undeniable groove which sifts mercilessly through the mix. Serum delivers blow after blow, with kicking drums and distorted sonic creating a disjointed roller which becomes more imposing with every layer.

Up next is ‘Skeleton Key’, a weighty offering which reverberates with every crunching sub. Spectre-like atmospherics push themselves across the composition, overlaying a creeping feel which juxtaposes methodically against its more slanted elements. Serum knows how to create a feeling of unease; it’s this uncompromising feature which has made his records so impactful on dancefloors.

Release Date: June 19th
Beatport Exclusive: Monday, June 5th
Source & Distribution: Cygnus Music
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